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Identifying the Use of Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies in Out of School Time STEM Classsrooms

Barnes, Courtney (2021) Identifying the Use of Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies in Out of School Time STEM Classsrooms. Masters thesis, Northern Arizona University.

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This study sought to understand how culturally responsive teaching strategies occur in out-of-school time settings and how a high-quality STEM curriculum may influence these strategies. Two educators with unique backgrounds were observed in two different out-of-school time (OST) programs in the U.S. Because of their unique backgrounds, their use of culturally responsive teaching strategies manifested themselves differently among the two programs. Using a previously developed, high-quality STEM curriculum, we were able to classify and interpret how they were implementing cultural relevance in their classrooms and understand the impact of the curriculum. Observations, interviews, and implementation logs were coded and analyzed through quantitative and qualitative means. While this study was part of a more extensive study funded by NASA to develop middle school STEM OST curriculum, we were able to find some unique results. We discovered that OST educators might significantly differ in how they enact culturally responsive teaching practices in an OST classroom, perhaps because of their teaching background and experiences. Another result indicates that because OST educators come from various teaching experiences, a curriculum that could implement culturally responsive teaching (CRT) strategies may allow educators to connect with their youths in more profound, more meaningful ways. Because OST programs across the country hold different youth goals, teaching moves that encourage cultural relevance could be a robust strategy that allows the OST program to enrich youth experience.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Publisher’s Statement: © Copyright is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the Cline Library, Northern Arizona University. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Keywords: Culturally Responsive Teaching; Curriculum; Educator; OST Program; Out of School Time; STEM
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Student
Department/Unit: Graduate College > Theses and Dissertations
College of Education > Educational Specialities
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2022 17:13
Last Modified: 19 May 2022 08:30
URI: https://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/5720

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